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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Queensland is

2016: 871,5991 2 3
2015: 831,485
2014: 758,469
2013: 709,994
2012: 675,871
2011: 658,925
2010: 610,358
2009: 598,358
2008: 594,610
2007: 591,082
2006: 589,322
2005: 591,056
2004: 553,461
2001: 556,989
1998: 609,400
1975: 326,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 18.065 6 3
2015: 17.45
2014: 16.12
2013: 15.33
2012: 14.87
2011: 14.78
2010: 13.91
2009: 13.90
2008: 14.19
2007: 14.47
2006: 14.78
2005: 15.17
2004: 14.52
2001: 15.60
1998: 17.96
1975: 16.325

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn Queensland, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2016: 67,7787
2015: 63,114
2014: 57,876
2013: 52,5897 8
2012: 49,4997 9
2011: 47,805
2010: 44,0437 10
2009: 42,123
2008: 40,513
2007: 40,857
2006: 40,31411
1979: 12,00012

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Queensland is reported to be

2016: 184,36813
2015: 179,184
2014: 171,71313 14 15
2013: 164,85913 16 17
2012: 161,132
2011: 162,36913 16 17 18
2010: 159,41413 16 17
2009: 152,77213 16
2008: 151,656
2007: 155,09413 16 19
2006: 157,04213 16
2005: 155,677
2004: 157,82216 20
2001: 186,88421
1998: 180,00022

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 3.825
2015: 3.76
2014: 3.65
2013: 3.56
2012: 3.54
2011: 3.64
2010: 3.63
2009: 3.55
2008: 3.62
2007: 3.80
2006: 3.94
2005: 3.99
2004: 4.14
2001: 5.1521
1998: 5.305

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Queensland is reported to be

2016: 792,3637
2015: 755,895
2014: 689,5177 14 15
2013: 645,4497 23 20 8
2012: 614,4287 23 20 8 9
2011: 599,0237 23 20 8 18
2010: 554,8717 23 20 24 8
2009: 543,9627 23 20 24
2008: 540,555
2007: 537,3477 23 20 19
2006: 535,74713 23 20
2005: 537,324
2004: 503,14623 20
2001: 506,35421
1998: 554,00022

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 16.425
2015: 15.86
2014: 14.66
2013: 13.93
2012: 13.52
2011: 13.44
2010: 12.65
2009: 12.63
2008: 12.90
2007: 13.16
2006: 13.44
2005: 13.79
2004: 13.20
2001: 13.9521
1998: 16.335

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Queensland there are estimated to be

2016: 79,2361 25 3
2015: 75,590
2014: 68,952
2013: 64,545
2012: 61,443
2011: 59,902
2010: 55,487
2009: 54,396
2008: 54,055
2007: 53,735
2006: 53,575
2005: 53,732
2004: 50,315
2001: 50,635
1998: 55,400

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Queensland the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 1.645
2015: 1.59
2014: 1.47
2013: 1.39
2012: 1.35
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.26
2008: 1.29
2007: 1.32
2006: 1.34
2005: 1.38
2004: 1.32
2001: 1.42
1998: 1.63

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 5026
2014: 56
2013: 57
2012: 57
2011: 49
2010: 77
2009: 65
2008: 67
2007: 67
2006: 64
2005: 52
2004: 63
2003: 75
2002: 71

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 1.0527
2014: 1.19
2013: 1.23
2012: 1.25
2011: 1.09
2010: 1.75
2009: 1.50
2008: 1.59
2007: 1.63
2006: 1.60
2005: 1.33
2004: 1.64
2003: 2.00
2002: 1.94

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 6928
2014: 37
2013: 40
2012: 5228 29
2011: 51
2010: 4928 30
2009: 45
2008: 4328 31 32
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 29
2004: 29
2003: 68
2002: 47
2001: 6131 32
2000: 61
1999: 70
1998: 67
1997: 67
1996: 7532
1995: 61
1994: 62
1993: 79
1992: 70
1991: 59
1990: 71

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.7833
2013: 0.86
2012: 1.14
2011: 1.14
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.04
2008: 1.02
2007: 1.29
2006: 1.40
2005: 0.74
2004: 0.76
2003: 1.82
2002: 1.29
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.74
1999: 2.03
1998: 1.97
1997: 2.00
1996: 2.27
1995: 1.88
1994: 1.96
1993: 2.55
1992: 2.32
1991: 1.99
1990: 2.45

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 228
2014: 5
2013: 4
2012: 1028 34
2011: 8
2010: 728 35
2009: 928 36
2008: 628 37
2007: 1128 38
2006: 728 39
2005: 528 40
2004: 741 28
2003: 1328 42
2002: 228 43

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.1133
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.27
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.05

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun homicides total

2015: 028
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual long gun homicides total

2015: 228
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 8
2006: 4
2005: 1
2003: 5
2002: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0433
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.03
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.03

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2015: 028
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 6
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 4
2003: 8
2002: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0033
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.10
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.03

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 74644
2014: 646
2013: 669
2012: 631
2011: 578
2010: 588
2009: 525
2008: 55344 45
2007: 520
2006: 494
2005: 459
2004: 453
2003: 466
2002: 537
2001: 50045
2000: 541
1999: 480

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 15.6133
2014: 13.69
2013: 14.38
2012: 13.81
2011: 12.91
2010: 13.35
2008: 13.11
2007: 12.65
2006: 12.33
2005: 11.71
2004: 11.83
2003: 12.45
2002: 14.70
2001: 14.00
2000: 15.42
1999: 13.90
1009: 12.13

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 4844
2014: 47
2013: 52
2012: 43
2011: 37
2010: 66
2009: 49
2008: 56
2007: 51
2006: 55
2005: 39
2004: 38
2003: 47
2002: 57

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 1.0033
2014: 1.00
2013: 1.12
2012: 0.94
2011: 0.83
2010: 1.50
2009: 1.13
2008: 1.33
2007: 1.24
2006: 1.37
2005: 1.00
2004: 0.99
2003: 1.26
2002: 1.56

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun suicides total

2015: 444
2014: 5
2013: 6
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 9
2009: 4
2008: 7
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 10

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0833
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.27

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, the number of long gun suicides is

2015: 4144
2014: 34
2013: 43
2012: 32
2011: 27
2010: 54
2009: 39
2008: 46
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 34
2004: 17
2003: 29
2002: 36

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.8633
2014: 0.72
2013: 0.92
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.60
2010: 1.23
2009: 0.90
2008: 1.09
2007: 0.92
2006: 1.12
2005: 0.87
2004: 0.44
2003: 0.77
2002: 0.99

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2015: 344
2014: 8
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 10
2006: 6
2005: 3
2004: 15
2003: 13
2002: 11

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0633
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.30

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 046
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 18
2003: 15
2002: 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.40
2002: 0.33

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2015: 046
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2002: 0.05

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2015: 046
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 0
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 4
2003: 4
2002: 5

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.14

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2015: 046
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 14
2003: 11
2002: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 047
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 047
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 047
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 0
2008: 2
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 047
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0033
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Queensland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence48 49 50 51 52

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law53 54 55

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Queensland was categorized as 'minor'56

Firearm Imports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law53 57 54 55

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Queensland is low58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Queensland, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law69

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Queensland include70 71 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Queensland is categorised as restrictive72

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Queensland includes the Weapons Act 1990,73 the Weapons Regulation 1996,74 and the Weapons Categories Regulation 199775

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Queensland are regulated by the Governor in Council76 and the Police77

Right to Possess Firearms

In Queensland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law78 79 80

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns, and most handguns81 82 83 84 85 86 87

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or collector's guns81 84

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances81 88 85

Regulation of Handguns

In Queensland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions89 90 91 86

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Queensland, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law81 92 93 88 83

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Queensland, only licensed gun owners94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Queensland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, hunting, narrow employment requirements, use by sporting and theatrical organisations, and bona fide gun collectors.105 81 106 107 96 108 109 84 104
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason110 111 112 113

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Queensland is 18 years, or 11 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder114 115 116 117

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Queensland must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, addiction, domestic violence and other118 119 120 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Queensland, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories121

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Queensland stipulates118 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Queensland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required122 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Queensland, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five to ten years, depending on the licence category123 109 124

Licensing Records

In Queensland, authorities maintain a record125 126 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess 1 category C rifle and 1 category C shotgun, with very limited exceptions,97 88 or no more than 1 pistol in the first 12 months of being issued a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm91

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess magazines with a maximum capacity of up to 10 rounds85

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Queensland, the law requires125 127 126 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Queensland, licensed firearm dealers are required128 50 129 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Queensland, licensed gun makers are required128 50 129 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Queensland, State agencies are required130 131 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Queensland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police132 133 134 51

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Queensland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful135 48 136 51

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Queensland is obliged137 99 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Queensland is obliged137 99 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Queensland, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to no more than one pistol in the first 12 months of a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm91

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Queensland is reported to be

1999: 280138

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Queensland, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days for a first sale or transfer,139 140 with some exemptions for subsequent acquisition of the same type of firearm for which the owner already holds a licence

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Queensland, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated141 142 143 132 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Queensland include144 145 146 137 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Queensland include136 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 51 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Queensland include147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Queensland include146 155 156 51 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Queensland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law157 158 159 160

Firearm Tracing

In Queensland, state authorities carry out161 162 163 164 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not165 166 167 168 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Queensland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.110 111 112 113

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Queensland, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.110 111 112 113

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Queensland, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm169 is two to 13 years in prison170 132 127 135 48 102 171 112 158 159 172

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Queensland are known to have173 174 175 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Queensland, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2013: 4,440175 176 177 178 179
2004: 18,612180 174 181
1997: 130,893173 182 183

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Queensland, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2004: 18,612180 174 181
1996-2001: 130,893173

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Queensland, it is not state policy184 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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